Is Teeth Whitening Toothpaste Safe?
One of the most common complaints we receive at Cooley Smiles involves the shade of our patient's teeth. Many of these people try to brighten their smile with at-home whitening kits, only to find that the results are lacking. Teeth whitening is the most popular Cosmetic Dentistry procedure. We offer professional in-office whitening treatment because it is the quickest and easiest way to whiten teeth by up to eight shades!
The color of your natural teeth is created by the scattering of light of the enamel, or outer layer of a tooth. If your enamel is thinner, more of the dentin, a yellow substance within the tooth, will show through. Your enamel also picks up stains from tobacco use, poor oral hygiene, and the consumption of coffees, teas, and wines. A professional bleaching procedure is the best way to combat these types of stains.
Whitening Trays Differ From OTC
Store-Bought Whitening Products
There are several at-home whitening products available on the market today. Products include whitening rinses, whitening toothpaste, whitening gel strips, and whitening trays. Of all the store bought products, whitening trays are the most effective. These are trays that you fill with a gel and place over your teeth for a designated period. No matter which product you choose, the concentration of the bleaching gel will be far less than the gel we use during a professional whitening treatment.
Unfortunately, the whitening process is ongoing, which is why we recommend an at-home whitening kit. To receive your at-home whitening kit, we will make an impression of your teeth to fabricate two custom-made, clear, plastic trays. Then, we will give you a special whitening solution that is a has much higher concentration than store-bought bleaching products. When you pick up your tray, we will also give you a detailed set of bleaching instructions. Typically, we recommend using the whitening solution twice a day for 30 minutes or overnight for a few weeks. We also recommend regular appointments and cleanings so we can ensure you maintain a healthy, beautiful smile.
What Is Teeth Whitening?As with all whitening methods, you may experience some tooth sensitivity during treatment. Your gums may also be a little sore. This is normal and will subside once your treatment is complete.
Schedule Your Appointment
If you want a whiter, brighter smile, call (425) 249-3509, and schedule your appointment now!